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Traditional knowledge protection in South Africa

South Africa01-02-2010André van der Merwe

In 2005, South Africa’s government adopted a policy of protecting various forms of traditional knowledge and permitting its commercial development.

Thailand receives PCT applications

Thailand01-02-2010Kowit Somwaiya

Thailand is now a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and has opened its Receiving Office (RO) for international patent applications.

Patent gurus in demand

01-02-2010Paul Sutton

Experienced patent attorneys possessing strategic and litigation skills have never been in greater demand.

Business brief 2010: Costa Rica

Costa Rica01-01-2010María del Pilar López

While Costa Rica is moving its intellectual property system forward to fulfil its trading agreement commitments and economic self-interest, not all the changes have achieved the expected results.

Business brief 2010: Cyprus

Cyprus01-01-2010Phivi Tramountanelli

To secure a patent right in Cyprus, you need to validate it with the Cyprus Patent Registrar. This can be done nationally, internationally or on a European basis.

Business brief 2010: Finland

Finland01-01-2010Lauri Rechardt

The exclusive trademark rights cover the right to use a mark in business and also, when necessary, the right to prohibit others from using in business marks that may cause confusion.

Business brief 2010: India

India01-01-2010Mohan Dewan and Vinay Dwarkadas

Patent rights are secured by filing patent applications at the patent office. India is unique in the world in that there are four functionally independent patent offices in four major cities.

Business brief 2010: Israel

Israel01-01-2010Michael Factor and Aharon Factor

Israel uses the Nice Version of the International Classification. From September 1, 2010, after implementation of the Madrid Protocol, multi-class applications will be permitted.

Business brief 2010: Netherlands

Netherlands01-01-2010Michiel Rijsdijk

One can choose to acquire a patent in the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) via a national patent application or a European patent (EP) application, in which the three Benelux countries will be designated.

Business brief 2010: Norway

Norway01-01-2010Lill Anita Grimstad and Kristine Aarflot

Patent protection in Norway can be obtained by a national application or by an international application (PCT).

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